The Aussie Hotel Cooma Cats Australian Football Club will launch their 2013 season with the annual pre-season Cooma Cats Cup this Saturday March 23.
Three teams from the south coast will join with Cooma in a round-robin, lightening premiership carnival in what will be a full day of AFL action starting at 9am at Nijong Oval.
Teams from Tathra, Pambula and Bega will join the Cats for the fifth Cooma Cats Cup.
Club president Stu Wood said the Cooma Cats Cup was a vital pre-season hit out for all clubs involved as it provided a terrific opportunity for final adjustments before the start of the regular premiership season.
Following an initiative of last year's Cooma Cats Cup, a feature of the day will be a Master Cup clash between an ACT Masters side and a Cooma Masters side at 3pm.
"Last year the Cooma veterans came together to defeat a polished ACT side who will no doubt be keen to avenge their upset loss, so we are calling on any old Cats from yesteryear to come on down to Nijong and help us defend our Master's title," Mr Wood said.
Another feature of this year's event will be the participation of the Pambula Panthers and the newly formed Bega Bombers.
"It's great for us to welcome two new clubs to the Cooma Cats Cup family, and Cooma more generally," Mr Wood said.
Games will start on the hour from 9am, culminating in the Cooma Cats Cup grand final at 4pm.
Everyone is welcome to come down and get involved in AFL football in Cooma.